A blogger seeking a richer life... in a wasteland called the suburbs... for my family, myself, and anyone who will listen!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Yo SITStahs!

Welcome to my blog... I roll out the PINK CARPET to you... and thank you for visiting 'Mama Lisha Lifestyle'...

Today is my special day in the spotlight among the thousands of SITStahs, the blogging SITStahs, the FABULOUS community of SITS girls... over 7,000 women bloggers supporting one another in this wild and crazy place called the blogosphere... where we're explorers of sorts...  21st Century explorers!

First... News... 
Did you know that, "More than half of web users will read blogs this year."... says eMarketer in a recent article, "The Continued Rise of Blogging".
Blogs will eventually become invisible...  that's not a bad thing, it just means that blogs are quickly becoming such an integrated part of our global social fabric that they will "become indistinguishable from other media channels".


About Me...


I'm a Mom (50+) and artist (painter), with a wonderful and dedicated (doctah) husband, and two great boys ages 12 and 14, who I love watching grow into (almost) men... and as their 'voices' and 'pits' call out, are BOTH experiencing full-blown puberty. 
  
Why "Yo" in my post title?... because I come to you from "New Yawk", and that's how they tawk around heea... the suburbs of Long Island... where seeking a richer life (as my tag line says) "for my family, myself, and anyone who will listen" is certainly a challenge and I love challenges!


Why Blog?
Having had a wonderfully exciting and fulfilling career (pre-kids and husband), I've had to reinvent myself along the way, using creative outlets that are available to me like painting, raising kids, and now blogging.

"I focus on family life with a creative and cultural bent. I like to write about food, fashion, family fun, art, music, and education."

Blogging is the perfect way to 'connect all the dots'... a way to tie your vision of things together, and connect that to people with similar interests, to cross-pollinate or link people and things together.  My post, Turn Off TV... Turn On Stumbleupon is about a great search engine, a tool connecting you to your specific interests.

How about a blog post for those of you who have had careers and are now full-time Moms... In a Former Life or one about the First Day of School.

For those foodies and fashionistas out there or Moms who just need some inspiration, there's Cranberry Compote Like Never BeforeIt's a Wrap!, or Spanx for Him?!

Epilogue...
After seeing my blog last month an editor of an online newspaper hired me as a freelance writer... so SITStahs, as they say around here, ya nevah know...

Wishing my SITStah bloggers wonderful things now and in the future...
Thanks for visiting!

158 comments:

  1. Congrats! On the online newspaper job and your special SITS day!

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  2. Happy SITS Day, from one artist to another! :)

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  3. Happy SITS day! I heart your NY accent- I'm from Philly yo!!!

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  4. Happy SITS Day! Pink is so much better than red! I'm a former full-time mom who's just started back to work full time! And down heeeaa, when I drink my cawfee, the tell me they can tell where I'm from, and up there, if I slip in a y'all, I'm accused of developing a "twang" go figure!

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  5. Congratulations on your SITS day and your new freelance job. I always love reading about talented moms and their accomplishments!

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  6. Happy SITS Day!! I'll be following. I was impressed by your technology features! I found some really new and cool new technology web sites that I am going to use!

    Congradulations with the new free lance writing!

    Come by when you get a chance...

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  7. 50+? No way, hon. You don't look a day over 35, honestly.
    And? Your sons look like such well-raised gentlemen!
    Also, congrats on earning that free-lance gig! Way to go!
    I'm off to check out some of these posts I see, like "Camel Coat Crazy" and "Nail Color Trend" -- Those are words I LOVE to hear!

    Happy SITS day!

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  8. Congrats on the writing gig. And such cute young men:)

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  9. Happy SITS day, Lisa. I am so liking the pink carpet like you won't believe. Also, congrats on the writing break :)

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  10. Happy SITS Day! Your sons are good looking young men. Congratulations on the free lance gig! That is great. Enjoy your week!

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  11. Enjoy the well-deserved attention and love from us SITSahs, and congratulations on the writing gig!!!!

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  12. Happy SITS day! I will be back after school to look around - I love techy type blogs!! Enjoy your special day!

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  13. Oh dear, your reasons for blogging are so good! Clear cut, worthy etc etc, err mine? Errr, frustration?
    Happy SITS day, enjoy every minute!x

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  14. Happy sits day! It's crazy to believe that 50% of web users will be reading bogs this year. Wow! You have a lovely family and a lovely blog. =)

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  15. Congrats on your SITS day! I really like what I've seen so far and am going to keep browsing, eh? (As WE say in Canada :-D)

    Ann

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  16. G'day from Australia! Love your accent. So great of you to roll out the pink carpet for us! Fabulous blog SITStah! Happy SITS Day to you!
    Best wishes, Carla. :)

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  17. Congrats on your SITS day! Off to browse the blog!

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  18. Congrats on your SITS day! I'm off to play in your blog! Congrats on your free-lance gig!

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  19. What a great inspiration you are to other mom bloggers out there! Congrats on all your success and I hope it continues to grow as more people find your fabulous blog -- I know *I'll* be back :-)

    Amanda Broadfoot
    "Life is a Spectrum."
    www.LifeIsASpectrum.com"
    Latest post: 5 Reasons I Suspect Sam-I-Am May be Autistic

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  20. Happy SITS day. I'm enjoying your perspective...

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  21. Happy SITS day!! How cool that you landed a freelance job.

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  22. Congrats on your SITS day! My oldest son is also 12 and we too are at the start of something special. That's awesome about the freelancing job- way to go!

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  23. Congratulations on your big day! Off to have a look around...I like the idea of Spanx for men....

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  24. You are from wwwaaayyy up North & I'm in the deep South. I did live in MA for about six months & couldn't understand what anybody was saying & they couldn't understand what I was saying. Talk about culture shock!

    Happy SITS Day!

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  25. Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it is great.

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  26. Congrats on your SITS day and the freelancing-that's awesome! I'm kind of in your neck of the woods-in MA-and also going through puberty but with a 13 yr old girl-makes for some fun times!

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  27. Happy SITS Day to you!!

    That is awesome that you're a freelance writer.

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  28. Happy Sits day. I have a tween too and she's almost there towarsds the full blown puberty stage. She's getting the teens attitude on things, wanting everything her way and smiling when she doesn't get it. I love, love it, can't wait what the her teen years will bring.

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  29. Happy SITS Day! Grats on the freelance writing gig! I'm crossing my fingers for one of those myself since I'm a SAHM and money is *tight* with the husband being the only bread winner at the moment.

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  30. Happy SITS day. I hope you enjoy your day. Congrats on your writing. I am headed off to look around your blog and follow you.

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  31. What a great post. It's so nice to hear you got a job out of it too. I think that's very inspiring to a good majority of us out here!

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  32. Congratulations on your SITS day! I'm still working, but since getting married and moving to Pittsburgh, I've had to start reinventing myself, too. Blogging sure helps put it all together.

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  33. happy SITS day!!! you look fab and your NY accent is so hilarious coming through your blog!!

    congrats on getting picked up as a freelance writer!

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  34. Yo, right back at you! I am excited to check you out as you sound like my kind of girl!:)

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  35. I'm so glad that you were featured today on SITS. At 45 I sometimes feel geriatric in the world of blogging. It's great to know that there are other women in my age group out there not only blogging, but making opportunities for themselves. Congratulations on your new gig as a freelance writer!

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  36. Happy SITS day! Congrats on the writing gig!

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  37. Happy SITS Day! How exciting to be discovered - Congratulations!

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  38. Congrats on the freelance writer gig, I think that might just be my dream job! :)

    Happy SITS Day!

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  39. Good Morning and HaPpY SiTs DaY!!!

    What a neat blog, great voice in your stories!
    Have a great day!

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  40. YAY! Congrats on the freelance writing! That's awesome! And you look AMAZING for 50! WOW!!!
    Love your paintings too. Do you sell them?
    Happy SITS day!

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  41. Exciting times for you!! Happy Sits day!
    ;)

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  42. Happy SITS day! Good luck with the teen years!

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  43. Congratulations on your SITS day! I love your style and am looking forward to reading your posts, checking out your paintings, and experiencing things from an East Coast perspective, as well as one that comes from being the parent of tween/teen children.

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  44. I love the tagline 'seeking a richer life'. It's so true.

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  45. Congratulations, SITSta! I am sure today will be one of your blogging highlights! May you find many new friends and gain gobs of new followers! I'm off to poke around! Enjoy the day, Colleen

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  46. Stopping by from SITS to say happy SITS day. I'm delighted to find another 50-something blogger. It seems like there aren't many of us. I can't wait to try your cranberry compote. It looks yummy!

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  47. Congratulations on your special day and on your new job!! How exciting you get to do something that you love as your job. That is an interesting fact about blogs becoming "invisible". Off to catch up on some of your posts. Your boys are so handsome! Have a great day!

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  48. Happy SITS day and Congratulations!
    You have a great blog. Well done to the writing job!
    Have a good Monday!
    Ingrid

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  49. Happy SITS day! And congrats on being hired as a freelance writer just because of your blog! That's fantastic!

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  50. Happy SITS day! I love your paintings!

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  51. What a great read and an inspirational blog! I am a new fan.

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  52. Happy SITS day!! You are incredibly inspirational! Congratulations on the freelance gig too!

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  53. Happy SITS day, and congrats on your Freelance job, how cool is that!

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  54. Congrats on your job! AND happy SITSday!

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  55. Happy SITS Day!

    It must be so exciting to live in NY! It's one of my favorite cities!

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  56. Oh ya! I did the boys thing too, they were only two years apart and are both in college but God did give me a girl and she is ten and still at home and I love her! But guess what? She is sucha tom boy! So noone to share my girlygirlness with. Anyhoo, over from SITS, would love to have you visit me at www.pinkdivacafe.com
    Hugs!
    Noel

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  57. Happy SITS Day!!

    I love your accent.. I can admire it virtually. =)

    That must've been so amazing to find out someone wanted to hire you to write! Congrats on that as well.

    You're right, you just never know.
    Off to wander onto your blog posts.

    Have a fab day!

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  58. Big congrats on your SITS day. So enjoyed poking around your blog and it's nice to find a blog written by a mom with tween/teens! I'm a new follower.

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  59. you are too funny! congratulations on your sits day and your new freelance job...how fun for you. i just poured myself a cup of tea, so i am going to take some time and a good look around. happy monday

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  60. Congrats on your SITS day!!! How awesome that your blog has given you some additional opportunities - it's so awesome that you were picked up as a freelance writer! You go, girl! Your family is beautiful and fun, and you seem like a happy, upbeat girl, too - my kinda lady! Looking forward to reading more!

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  61. hey, i'm from nyc, too! grew up mostly on the upper west side, but also a little bit in park slope. my dad (who i didn't know growing up) was from long island, coram i think. anyway, happy sits day and your boys are adorable.

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  62. Congrats on your SITS day and on your recent writing success! You make us all proud!

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  63. Happy SITS day! Congrats on your freelance job!

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  64. Congrats on your SITS day!! How exciting is that!! I am glad to see there is someone else out there blogging in their 50's...ok, I just made the 50 year mark but it's still 50...eeks!! Hey, that's cool, too that you got offered a job (no matter how big or small) from your blog. I love that!! You family looks just wonderful, too. Congrats on your wonderful day!!

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  65. Happy SITS day! Live it up! :)

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  66. happy SITS sweet bella, I'm a new yawker living in new mexico, how about that (from Hicksville :) haha) - the spanx for men is hilarious, who would've thought??

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  67. Hello from the other side of the country! Stopping by from SITS to check out your very cool-looking blog!

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  68. I think it's so awesome you are able to make some cash doing what you love!! Congratulations on your SITS Day! I can hear your Long Island accent through the computer screen!

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  69. Congrats on your day. I love the paintings

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  70. Happy SITS day! You have a beautiful family!

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  71. I love your blog design. It's kind of edgy and New York-y if that's a word. I'm gonna be 50 in a couple of weeks and I have a 12yo boy along with two adult sons, so I can relate to your situation. A lot of people think I'm his grandma, but I don't care. I love my life and I wouldn't have changed a thing!

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  72. Happy SITS day!! I love your Spanx entry!I should pick up some for my chubby hubby :o)

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  73. Happy SITS day! I'm excited to read the rest of your posts...and major, major congrats on being hired for that freelance job!! :)

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  74. Can't wait to read more. Love what I'm seeing so far....love your fun sense of humor and congrats on the free lance job!!!!!!!!

    Leslie

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  75. Congratulations on your SITS Day!

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  76. Congratulations! I bet we have some things in common! Looking forward to reading your blog.
    Best,
    Colleen

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  77. Congrats on your SITS day! Love your blog too. Adding it to my reader.

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  78. How incredible that you got a job as a freelance writer because of your blog! That's awesome!

    Have a great SITSday!

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  79. Happy SITS day! I love New York! That awesome that you got a job writing from your blog. Good luck!

    *Get 10% off your blog design at Designer Blogs if you mention you are a SITS girl"

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  80. Interesting about all the people reading blogs. And good news, too!

    Happy SITS Day! Off to check out some posts.

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  81. That is very exciting! Congratulations on the newspaper articles!!

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  82. Here from SITS! Happy SITS Day! Your boys are so handsome! I can't imagine my two little boys as teens, but I know it will be here all too quickly!

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  83. Wow! Congrats on the newspaper job! That's so totally awesome! And congrats on the showcase! You have a great blog.

    Angela

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  84. congrats on being featured today! I <3 New York! Always excited to read someone who's from there. :)

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  85. Stopping by from SITS. Congratulations on your SITS Day. Enjoy! I'm off to check out more of your blog.

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  86. Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

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  87. Happy SITS Day! And congratulations on the newspaper job! That is so great that it came about from blogging. I wish you the best.

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  88. That is so awesome about your writing job! Y'all (that's how we talk down here lol)look like a fabulous family! Congrats on your SITS day!

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  89. Congrats and Happy SITS DAY!

    Enjoy your day! Off to read some posts! What a super awesome blog!

    B xo

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  90. Just stopping by from SITS!! I have to say that blogs "becom[ing] indistinguishable from other media channels" is completely interesting - I started blogging when I was a young teen and it's so strange to see how it's progressed!

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  91. Happy SITS day! I look forward to reading some of your entries - I feel like motherhood has forced me to reinvent myself as well...

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  92. 50+...you look GREAT my dear! Congrats on your SITS day!! I here ya w/the stinky boys- I have 4 myself, but only 1 is sufferring the effects of puberty or pre-puberty...not sure, but he is smelly! Anyway, love your blog!. I'm your newest follower-feel free to follow back!!
    http://survivingandthrivinginmom-dom.blogspot.com

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  93. Congratulations on your day to Shine with SITS.
    Your boys are so handsome and your life sounds very exciting.

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  94. Congrats on your SITS day! I love finding bloggers near my age, with tween/teen kids, and who have or had a career while full-time momming it. Yippee! I grew up on the east coast with relatives in New Yawk City. Still have relatives on the Island. I enjoyed your post about meeting parents at school and finding out about their "other life" as a career person or revealing your own. I never thought I would be a SAHM, was always focussed on my paying career and still struggle with my role. But it's been the right thing for my family. Look forward to looking around some more. Enjoy your day and your new freelance job.

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  95. Happy SITS Day to my sister artist!

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  96. Happy SITS day! I love how you use the phrase "connect the dots" for blogging- that is a perfect way to describe it!! Looking forward to clicking around a little more!

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  97. Happy Sits Day!

    connecting the dots....
    http://adrianairis.blogspot.com/

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  98. Happy Sits Day and congratulations. Reinventing yourself is hard work and as they say, every dog has his day. I'm just about to that day myself, therefore I'll be happy to sit back and take a few lessons from a fellow blogger. It looks like you have a lot of talent to share and I look forward to perusing your blog further!

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  99. HAPPY SITS DAY!
    Pink carpets are always appreciated!
    And congrats on the writing gig...you really do nevah know.

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  100. Congrats on your SITS Day! I hope you had a nice cup of java to sip on and free time (!) today to enjoy reading all your comments. How awesome that your blog has led to additional writing opportunities and also offers a way to showcase your art. Isn't blogging such a fantastic creative outlet? I'm not too far away from you - in NYC - and blog about being a new mom surviving the urban jungle. Cheers, and I'll be coming back!

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  101. how exciting to get a writing job just from blogging!! i'd love that! happy SITS day!

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  102. Happy SITS Day! I love how your blog can focus on so many aspects yet it doesn't feel choppy or disjointed! That's a attribute that many blogs lack! I also really enjoyed your post on the pre-Mom life. I'm new to this Mom gig and I'm already put off by the number of times I've been referred to simply as "Max's Mom". You post reminds me that to get to know the people behind the child!

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  103. Congratulations on the gig as a freelance writer! I'm still waiting for my big break, but as you say, 'you never know.' I'm from the west coast, so there's no accent, that belongs to my husband & his family, who are also from Long Island.

    I'd also like to say Happy SITS Feature Day!

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  104. Happy SITS Day and congrats on your freelance writing. I love NY accents and coming from Philly I may have a bit of one myself. LOL That's what I missed the most when I lived in the south, the Northern accents.

    Your blog and is great and your family is beautiful.

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  105. What an awesome experience to be hired from posting your blog!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  106. That's so great! Congrats on being a FB on SITS today.

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  107. Happy SITS Day to you! Life is so unpredictable. You never know what could happen. Opportunity around every corner...

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  108. Very happy to have found you via SITS. I've got two boys 3 and 6 and I'm seriously hoping I look as good as you once they're teenagers and I'll be 50+. Nice to meet you. :-)

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  109. Happy SITS Day! I'm from New York too. First the city then the suburbs. Great blog you've got here and congrats on getting hired, that must feel so amazing.

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  110. You sound like so much fun! Here's to our blogs becoming invisible! Wishing you a wonderful SITS day!

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  111. Happy SITS day. Congrats on being "found" and getting to do freelance, which has to be every bloggers ultimate dream. I absolutely love your blog title and tag line.

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  112. WooHoo! Congrats on your very own SITS Day!

    I noticed on your blogger interview on the SITS blog that you have a big furry labradoodle...we do too! Our doggies could be twins!

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  113. Congratulations on your job with the newspaper! That's awesome!

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  114. I love how you threw in the statistic and the reason that you blog. Congrats on the freelance writer position. That is awesome and great insiration! Way to go!

    Happy SITS day!

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  115. Happy SITS Day! And congrats on your freelance writing gig!

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  116. Congrats on your SITS day! That's so cool you got hired as a freelance writer. I'd love to do something like that one day!

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  117. Congratulations and happy SITS day. I love hearing about people who sucessfully use their blogging skills to get other jobs - sometimes ones that even pay! Good luck!

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  118. Happy SITS Day-- your blog is so cool, and your work sounds just about perfect! You've inspired me-- I gotta get crackin'...

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  119. Happy SITS Day. Being a free lance writer would be awesome for sure. Getting the chance to write even more would be great.

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  120. Woohoo for your SITS day! So cool that you picked up a freelance writing job from your blog. You are the beacon for the rest of us! Enjoy your special day!

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  121. Happy SITS Day to you!! Glad I could come pop in here and say hello. :> And congratulations on picking up freelance writing work through your blog....that is definitely something to celebrate!! :>

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  122. Um really, 50+?? Is that you in that picture? Wowza! You look fantastic. Happy SITS day!

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  123. Happy SITS day! And congrats on the freelance gig!

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  124. I love me a New York blogging mama. Happy SITS day to you!

    (And you do look fab... I will keep reading to learn your secret.)

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  125. Congratulations on freelancing! So very awesome! Happy SITS day!

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  126. Wow freelancing from blogging, awesome! Happy SITS Day.

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  127. Yo! Happy SITS day to ya! =]

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  128. Happy SITS day! Love that you were offered an opportunity from your blog...how cool is that?!

    And BK? Yeah, I totally understand that. I just wrote a post on the transitional time I'm in and who I was is no longer who I am. BK I was a Registered Nurse.

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  129. i love when blogs write like they sound. it helps me to hear you :)

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  130. Wow, congratulations on your new freelance writing job SITStah! happy SITS day!

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  131. Beautiful family! Congrats on the job and your day today!!!

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  132. Congrats all around on your SITS Day and, even more so, for your new freelance job! Very cool and obviously well-deserved. I'm looking forward to reading more!

    -Aimee

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  133. Happy SITS Day! What a lovely blog you have, gives me a glimpse of the future! ;)

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  134. Congrats on Your SITS day.. What a lovely blog... Have a Wonderful Day!

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  135. Congrats on your day! And extra congrats on the writing gig - that is awesome!

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  136. Congrats on the writing gig and on your special SITS day from one sitsah to another :)
    Will drop in soon to read more posts ..keep rocking !!

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  137. Congrats on your feature day AND on your new freelance writing. That's awesome to hear. I love it when I hear of women getting paid to do what they love. Now... if only I could find a way to get paid to lay on the beach and sunbathe (and not get skin cancer in the meantime). Oh, my perfect world... Enjoy girl, and soak it all up! :)

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  138. Congrats on your SITS day. Blogging is a creative outlet for me too.

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  139. happy SITS day (a day late!) and kudos on getting heard by a publication! that's fab!

    take care!
    nuy of www.nuybeauty.com

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  140. Congratulations on your special day and on your new adventure! I'm so excited to be meeting so many other mommies of boys, thanks for sharing with us!

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  141. Happy SITS day! I love reading the blogs of more experienced moms. I have an 8 month old and sometimes this mommy gig just makes my head spin!

    Congrats on your SITS day and on your newspaper gig!

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  142. I know I am a day late! But Congrats anyway! I love to find another mom with Tweens!

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  143. Congrats on your SITS DAY!
    How awesome is that!
    You have such a lovely family and blog!

    Enjoy your day, Queen of the Day!

    B x

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  144. Sorry I'm late to the party! Had to recoup from throwing son's wedding reception. I can already tell I'm going to love your site - first the 50+ (me, too), the things you post about are things I love, and your humor - love humor! Gonna check out some other posts now - so congrats on the SITS day!!!

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